2017/2203(INI)

Cutting the sources of income for Jihadists - targeting the financing of terrorism. Recommendation to the Council, the Commission, and the EEAS

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2017/2203(INI) Cutting the sources of income for Jihadists - targeting the financing of terrorism. Recommendation to the Council, the Commission, and the EEAS
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Lead AFET NART Javier (ALDE) ADAKTUSSON Lars (EPP), MOODY Clare (S&D), TANNOCK Charles (ECR), SAKORAFA Sofia (GUE/NGL), BUCHNER Klaus (Verts/ALE), CASTALDO Fabio Massimo (EFD), BORGHEZIO Mario (ENF)
Lead committee dossier: AFET/8/11118
Legal Basis Rules of Procedure EP 0113
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  • 2018/03/01 Results of vote in Parliament
    • Results of vote in Parliament
    • Debate in Parliament
    • T8-0059/2018 summary
  • 2018/02/26 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A8-0035/2018 summary
  • 2018/02/21 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2017/10/05 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Javier NART (ALDE, ES) on a European Parliament recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on cutting the sources of income for jihadists - targeting the financing of terrorism.

      Members considered that one of the key elements of the fight against terrorism is to cut off its sources of financing, including through the hidden circuits of fraud and tax evasion, money laundering and tax havens.

      Illicit trade in goods, firearms, oil, drugs, cigarettes and cultural objects, among other items, as well as trafficking in human beings, slavery, child exploitation, racketeering and extortion, have become ways for terrorist groups to obtain funding.

      Members pointed out that ISIS/Daesh and Al-Qaeda have become financially self-reliant. A number of international non-profit organisations, charities, other foundations, networks and private donors, which have or claim to have social or cultural goals, laid the foundation for the financial capacities of ISIS/Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other jihadist organisations and act as a cover for abusive practices.

      The global nature of terrorism calls for a global response involving coordination among financial institutions, law enforcement and judicial bodies and the exchange of information on natural and legal persons and suspicious activities, while ensuring respect for fundamental rights concerning the protection of personal data.

      Members called on the European Parliament to address the following recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the European External Action Service:

      • develop preventive strategies based on the sharing of best practice and exchange of suspicious and relevant information among intelligence agencies through the setting up of a stable European counter-terrorism financial intelligence platform, within the framework of existing structures (e.g. EUROPOL) so as to avoid the creation of another agency, with an in-depth focus on the proactive exchange of information on the financial support for terrorist networks;
      • step up the monitoring of suspicious organisations engaged in these kind of activities, such as illicit trade, smuggling, counterfeiting and fraudulent practices via the formulation of joint investigation teams with Europol;
      • observe the rules on police cooperation and judicial cooperation, particularly in the context of criminal proceedings;
      • take the necessary legislative measures to guarantee that banks monitor pre-paid debit cards closely so as to ensure that they can only be reloaded via bank transfers and personally identifiable accounts;
      • propose and implement measures for the close monitoring of financial flows and tax havens;
      • draw up a list of individuals and entities operating under opaque regimes and with high rates of suspicious financial transactions, where there is evidence that relevant authorities have failed to act;
      • step up the application of selective sanctions and other restrictive measures against all individuals and entities that in any way make available economic resources to ISIS/Daesh, Al-Qaeda or other jihadist groups;
      • establish a monitoring and clearing system to ensure that places of worship and education, institutions, centres, charities, cultural associations and similar entities, where there is reasonable suspicion of having ties to terrorist groups, provide details on whom they receive funds from and how the funds they receive are distributed, both within and outside the EU;
      • make it mandatory for agents carrying out the transactions to declare to the relevant authorities every significant transaction made using traditional informal money transfer systems;
      • propose the legislation required to better monitor all electronic financial transactions and e-money issuing companies, including intermediaries, in order to prevent funds from being converted for users who are not fully identified. Exchanging encrypted money for actual money and vice versa must, as a compulsory requirement, be done using an identifiable bank account;
      • increase their monitoring regarding regulating and controlling trafficking in gold, precious stones and precious metals;
      • introduce a traceability certificate for artworks and antiques entering the EU market;
      • enhance cooperation with countries in which the proceeds of drug trafficking, human trafficking or traffic in goods are held and with countries of origin of illicit cigarettes, so that they can be seized.

      Lastly, Members reaffirmed the view that confronting and defeating ISIS/Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups, whether financially, militarily or ideologically, must remain at the top of the security and defence agenda.

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